For sake of review:
*** all eleven chapters declare Christ’s Divinity
**Jesus proclaims life to various people in various different social circles, and presents HIM self as the giver of life.
* Nicodemus-offered eternal life (3:16)
* Samaritan woman- the water of life (4:14)
* Officials son and the lame man – restoring life (4:50, 5:5-8)
* Hungry multitude – bread of life (6:35)
* Believers in Jerusalem – rivers of living water (7:38)
* Blind man – the light of life (8:12, 9:35-38)
* Sheep who followed HIM – abundant life (10:10-11)
Read John 11(God’s word is sharper than any two edged sword and is alive and active Hebrews4:12…sometimes we need to crack our own open to hear HIS voice)
Now in chapter 11- Jesus proclaims HE is the resurrection and the life! -offering life after death…not only offering it, but providing it. This is always amazing to me.
Is there anything you will ever need from Jesus that will require more than the power of ressurection? this questions stops me in my tracks! We have doctors who can heal and correct many things, including some sight issues, but no one who can raise from the dead. Not only does Jesus raise from the dead, HE raised HIMself. HIS power is limitless. Hard to fathom but true.
Martha, love Martha…she is so typical of how we respond. We see the wonders of God, we know the stories, and we even believe (to an extent), and where our crisis of belief comes in is where it matters the most. Martha knew and believed Jesus could heal her brother, she already believed in the resurrection of saints at the end of earthly time. But when Jesus said to “roll the stone away”…Martha’s first response was …”Lord, he’s going to stink” (ADV) I have always laughed at this..because I most likely would have said the same thing…Wonder how God in all HIS Holiness just did not say…The GLORY OF THE LORD DOES NOT STINK!?
Philippians 3:10-11 My goal is to know HIM and the power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being conformed to HIS death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from the dead.
Again there is so much in this chapter that many books have been written on it. And sadly, this is just a blog entry..there are many to follow this week in this chapter of study, I encourage you to check out all of them on my side bar under “Carl’s Bloggin Bible Study” go here and get the line up of who and when.